Wesleyan alum participates in President George H. W. Bush’s funeral service

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Master Gunnery Sgt. Aaron Clay
Master Gunnery Sgt. Aaron Clay

BUCKHANNON, W.Va. — Master Gunnery Sgt. Aaron Clay, a 1990 graduate of West Virginia Wesleyan College, participates in former President George H. W. Bush’s funeral service at 11 a.m. today at the Washington National Cathedral on double bass as a member of “The President’s Own” United States Marine Chamber Orchestra.

He also played as a member of the orchestra for President Gerald Ford’s funeral back in Jan. 2007.

Clay joined “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band in July, 1994 and was appointed principal in 2013.  The Fairmont Senior High School graduate began his musical instruction at age 15.


Clay earned a bachelor’s degree in music from Wesleyan, where he studied with Richard Manspeaker.  Clay was also a featured soloist in the Wesleyan’s Jazz Ensemble and participated in a number of other musical groups on campus.

To read more about former President H. W. Bush’s unique relationship with “The President’s Own,” go to https://www.marineband.marines.mil/presidentbush/.